Because we love food, and because we love food in its most authentic forms the way it comes off the tree or out of the ground,  this department is kind of scattered all through the shop in everything we do.  But if we were to define it – this is what it would be about.  It’s about choice.  It’s about the choice to eat well.  The choice to eat the foods that make your body feel the best and function at it’s most tip top level.  It’s about choosing products without allergens to support your health and wellness.  It’s not about fads but about long term lifestyle choices.

EmilyProducts that fit under “Health, Wellness and Free From Foods” are defined more accurately by what they DON’T have rather than what they do have in them.  Like all areas of Bendigo Wholefoods this bit is constantly evolving as we understand more and more what people don’t want in their food and what they need to see in their products.  We are lucky to have on staff trained naturopaths and nutritionists, so although they can’t consult to you on the floor, they can guide you and help you work out what your health practitioner was suggesting….




Wholebody Care

If what you put in your body is important to you, then what you put on your body is probably equally as important.  That is why we stock a range of organic and chemical free products for whole body care, aluminium free deoderents, fluoride free toothpaste, soap free soap made from gorgeous botanicals or soothing goats or cows milk.

Right up the back of the shop you’ll find our range of Wholebody Care products, it’s also a great spot to find a little gift or a small indulgence for yourself.  It’s right next to the green cleaning products.

Here’s just a smattering of what you will find….


Sukin Organics Skincare

Sukin makes environmentally conscious, natural personal care products using ingredients that are the best nature has to offer allowing even the budget conscious consumer the opportunity to purchase high quality, natural skin, hair and body care for all the family.

dr. organics

Multi award winning UK based skin care based on specific ingredients. Range includes, deoderants, soaps, shampoos, body washes and gorgeous moisturisers in rose otto, aloe vera, pommegranite, dead sea salts or manuka honey.

Wotnot Natural Organic Facial Wipes and Baby Wipes.

Everything you have ever wanted in a baby wipe. Compostable, biodegradable, free from the bad stuff, enriched with the good stuff, in a re-useable, refillable container. Now, just in time for festival season you’ll find on our shelves in two skin suitable flavours Wotnot's medal winning facial wipes in a re-usable travel case with a mirror – bring on the GLamping.

It’s all good UV natural Sunscreen & natural baby.

Naturally derived ingredients and zinc oxide to reflect UVA & UVB, member of Cruelty Free Australia Vegan Friendly, Fragrance free. The ingredient list is short and does not require a science degree to understand it.
is all natural ingredients formulated to be even softer on the skin.

Eco logical skin care All Natural Sunscreen Lotion

As above, but with a slightly more complex range of ingredients it is still zinc based but is non-whitening, non pore clogging so it’s a good choice if you are looking to wear under make up.

Moo Goo Tail Swat Body Spray

this is a great story, moo goo were actually trialling a new body spray and found that not only did it smell good it made them less attractive to mossies – kooky huh? So gentle you can spray it on your face and on babies.

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What are Free-From-Foods?  Well, exactly what it sounds like…a few months back we were working on an article for our Summer Newsletter (click here and scroll to the end to check out the archives) about entertaining dietary diversity and we needed a way to group a whole bunch of special diets and eating choices together…enter Free-From-Foods.

Bendigo Wholefoods is chock-full of free from foods…whether it is free from dairy or gluten, or preservatives, or salt or artificial flavours you’ll find some handy products on our shelves.  And with committed Vegans, Vegetarians, Locavores and Ethical Eaters on our team you’ll also find Free-From-Foods that are free from cruelty, animal products, exploitative or non-sustainable farming methods, palm oil and just about anything else you are trying to avoid.

Can’t find what you are looking for?  Grab a member of the team – if they can’t help they will know who on the team can.

Rude Health

A unique range of sprouted organic flours in Whole Wheat, Whole Spelt and
Whole Buckwheat Flour. By sprouting the grains before slow drying and stone grinding, the nutrients content is increased and transformed into a more easily digestable form. Also available Rude Health Sprouted Porridge Oats which are almost gluten free. Rude Health Almond Drink
If you prefer a long life product - this one’s a winner. A combination of almond milk and rice milk – definitely the creamiest yummiest almond milk drink we have found.

Inside Out Almond Milk:

Available in the drinks fridge near the registers in 350 ml grab and go size. Try Spiced Vanilla (with a dash of cinnamon) or Organic Cacao – packed with anti oxidants. You’ll also find unflavoured 1 litre take home packs in the dairy fridges With no added sugar and gluten, soy & cholesterol free it’s a great alternative on your cereal or in smoothies.

Orgran Foods

Orgran make a massive range of gluten free and other allergen free products. Great if you have lots of dietary diversity in your family or multiple allergies, Orgran are free from (get this) gluten, wheat, nuts, dairy, yeast, GMO's, eggs and all animal products! Their range includes pasta, bread mixes, cake mixes, snacks and baking products.


Tofutti, Tofutti, how we dairy free people love Tofutti. A great range of soy based sour cream, cream cheese, cheese slices and iceblocks. Tofutti has an interesting story, the range actually emerged as a problem solver for a Kosher caterer looking to add deserts to his meat inclusive menu (which means no dairy) so he developed awesome soy alternatives.

Lotus Organic Foods

Not for a specific special diet - just great quality, premium, organic wholefood ingredients trusted the world over. We love their nutritional yeast flakes, xanthan gum, celtic sea salt and so much more - looking for an obscure essential organic health ingredient? Look for the Lotus logo...

Sunfood Super Foods Raw Vegan Coconut Wraps

Yeah, yeah they’re vegan. All right they are gluten free. What’s really cool? They are paleo. Yep! Finally a paleo wrap perfect for tortillas, rice paper rolls, or just a fork-free salad for lunch that does not involve an iceberg lettuce leaf, an omelette or a chicken breast beaten to a wafer with a meat mallet. Find them with the super foods…

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Organic & Chemical Free

That’s what Whole Food eating is all about really.  So there’s so much stuff at Bendigo Wholefoods that is Organic and Chemical Free that it is hard to know where to start…

But sometimes you need quick.  Sometimes you need easy.  And sometimes you just need a super tasty treat – that’s why we stock some great products that fit that bill but with out the usual nasties that seem to go along with convenience foods.

Check out the Special Diets section of our Wholefoods Pantry and check out this list too….

GimMe Roasted Seaweed Rice Chips and Seaweed Snacks

Seaweed has the highest density of vitamins and minerals of any vegetable on the planet, making it the perfect snack, low calorie, low sodium, low sugar, gluten free, vegan, high fibre non-gmo and cram packed with umami (which is Japanese for ‘deliciousness’)

Looking for something a little more substantial but choc-full of sea nutrient try– made from organic brown rice, seaweed lentils and sesame seeds…too good!

Late July

All of Late July's chips contain wholesome organic ingredients that are free from pesticides, chemical fertilizers, genetic engineering, antibiotics or added growth hormones. They're free from hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavours, artificial colours or preservatives.

Selected are lacto vegetarian and some are vegan. Oh yeah! They're also Gluten Free!

We love the blue corn and the sweet potato corn chips.

Spiral Foods

These guys have got the lot. Pure, organic quality ingredients from Coconut Oils, to traditional japanese ingredients, to great rice cracker-y snacks, vinegars, pasta sauces, molasses, agave, maple Orgran or Lotus products a good label to keep in mind

Global Organics

Global Organics sources premium ingredients from around the world providing a range of organic food products high in quality and pure in flavour. All Global Organics products are independently certified organic. Global Organics also offer an extensive range of canned pulses, lentils, chick peas and baked beans.

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Super Foods & Supplements

Heading down the back of the store, past the bread, is our superfoods and supplements section. This is where you’ll find all the things your naturopath or nutritionist suggested, and the things your favourite health blogger talks about. A great way to bump the nutritional value of your smoothies, or to stir through yoghurt to up the anti…just recently we added:

Power Superfoods Maca Smoothie

A blend of Maca powder high protein, and trace elements mixed with raw cacao which is bursting with antioxidant goodness.

The Giving Tree Teff Superseed

High in protein, fibre, iron, calcium and zinc – this is the seed from which teff flour is made.

Organic Moringa

Features over 90 nutrients, supports the immune system, has anti-inflammatory properties and supports a healthy digestive system.

Wild Tassie Certified Organic Kelp

Remember those long thick strands of seaweed that looked like some kind of a crazy sea monster that you would terrorise your siblings by threatening to shove it down the back of their bathers? Well – that’s kelp. And it’s awesome. Talk about Super Food…46 minerals, 16 amino acids, vitamin A, Niacin, regulates your metabolism and energy levels and can assist in weight management. And it adds a unique yummy edge to smoothies, juices and soups. This one is harvested from the world’s cleanest ocean just off Tassie.

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Vegan, Vegetarian & Values Driven Diets

A special sub-section of our Free-From-Foods is our Vegan, Vegetarian and Values Driven Diets…

Regan, our bulk wizard, also has an amazing talent and passion for tracking down simply stunning vegan products from all over the world.  Whether it’s mock meat or cultured nut cheese your seeking you’ll find it on our shelves.  But also check out the Global Made Local section in our Global Foods and of course Fresh, Farmy & Organic to name just one or two spots to expand your search…

Tofurky Vegetarian Roast

A meat-free turkey breast with stuffing - Perfect if you’ve got vegans or vegos coming to Christmas in July.

Match Premium Vegan Meats

Taking Fakon (fake bacon) and Not Dogs to a whole new level! The taste and texture of meat dishes – great for a quick an easy protein source, and brilliant if you are entertaining the meat-free. The range includes Stuffed Mediterranean style Vegan Chicken and New England Style Vegan Crab Cakes. Regan our resident vegan foodie reckons the Ground Chicken makes the best vegan chicken chow mein you have ever had.

Miyoko’s Creamery

“Sumptuously rich and creamy, stretchy and gooey, sharp and tangy, smoky and fresh” are not usually words used to describe nut based cheeses but these evil dairy free geniuses seem to have managed - Upheld by vegans the world over as the very best cultured nut cheeses. We hear whispers of an Australian Brand that is ready to take them on…watch Facebook for news of that one…

Hilary’s Eat Well

Complete plant protein veggie burgers, gluten and GMO free. Two kinds -
“Worlds Best” Veggie Burger and a Black Rice Burger with Adzuki and leafy greens.

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Wholefood Kitchen Gadgets

When next you are in the shop, look up.  Not right up past our funky new lighting, but up just beyond eye level and you’ll see  wonderland of kitchen gadgets.  Some are health motivated, juicers, dehydraters, some make  Check out our gadets in the homewares section of our Homemaking department

Vitamix Blender

Oscar Neo Juicer

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