Giveaway: “Soaked” Cereal!!

I’m so excited to bring you guys this giveaway as I got a chance to meet Michaeleen from JoshEWEa’s at the Wise Traditions Conference, and taste all their fabulous goodies. I actually signed up for a giveaway they were doing during the conference for a package of their cereal while I was busy taste testing everything. I kind of forgot about it but decided to stop by their booth again before I left for home to pick up some of the soaked trail mix. How excited was I when she informed me that I won! Whoo hoo!

Seriously, I never win anything so I was pretty excited!

I picked out a cashew and cranberry cereal, and let me tell you…..the stuff was amazing! I’ve never had granola so good. I actually hid it from my family. Oh yes I did! Even then, it still didn’t last a week. I ate it plain as a snack, as a topping on yogurt, and with milk for an actual healthy cereal.

(and the trail mix I brought home was almost as quickly devoured. Even my husband who is always wary of foods prepared in ‘traditional ways’, couldn’t keep his hands out of the jar!)

I also loved the fact that as I chatted with Michaeleen, I found she has a lot of the same ideas to raising babies that I do. We talked for quite awhile about babywearing, and how important it was to keep the baby up in front facing mommy, as opposed to facing out or on the back. I think if she was my next door neighbor I’d never get my house clean as I’d be to busy chatting over the fence!

I’m super excited that Michaeleen wanted to do a giveaway and I’m just as excited for you all to try one of their products! Once you have a fabulous cereal like this, you’ll never go back to the icky packaged stuff from the store! And she had a great idea for entries, since she’s currently pregnant, she wants to know…

“How do you manage morning sickness naturally?”

And for those who are still TTC, just let us know which of their products you’d love to try! Just leave your answer in the comment section here before Friday, February 5 at midnight! After that I’ll choose a winner via The winner has a chance to win the awesome Cashew Berry Crunch Cereal!

*also, you must have a U.S. address and the winner must reply back within 48 hours of when I send the notice.

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Donielle is an amateur herbalist and natural momma to two littles (with another babe in heaven) after dealing with being less than fertile. She has a passion for nourishing nutrition, natural living, and spreading the word on how food truly affects our health.


  1. What a great giveaway! I have one daughter who will be 1 on the 26th. I didn’t have very severe morning sickness, but I found it was helpful to eat little bits of food throughout the day, whenever I felt the nausea coming on.

  2. With my 3 pregnancies, I just made sure to eat small meals, snacks, whatever OFTEN. That seemed to help.

    Cashews and cranberries? Two of my favorite things!

  3. having just started researching this, I’d love to win it! I’ve been lucky enough to not have suffered from morning sickness badly enough to have needed much remedy. I have used the sea bands, and there might have been slight improvement. Hard to tell, could have been placebo effect, too. :)

  4. michelle p. from wa says:

    Morning sickness…so many “remedies” yet patience seems to be the best one…patience to know that it will pass and patience for your family to lovingly wait a few more minutes for you to be up and ready. The best thing to remember is that once that beautiful baby is in your arms, morning sickness will be a memory well worth it. I would love to win this “cereal”…really exciting. Thank you!

  5. For morning sickness I ate small amounts of food frequently and just felt happy to know it was a good sign.

  6. Heather Miller says:

    Would love to try their orange pecan super soaked cereal!

  7. For the nauseated morning-sickness feeling I sucked on Gin-Gins ginger hard candy or used Sea Bands. I never found any remedy for the actual throwing up. I just tried to avoid foods and textures that I knew would trigger it.

  8. Jessica S. says:

    I’m currently 9 weeks and very sick, so I’m looking forward to reading all these responses! The things that work best for me are a slice of toast and a glass of ginger ale as soon as I wake up, small, frequent meals throughout the day, and a glass of milk in between meals. Peppermint tea helps too =)

  9. Yum, yum!
    I’ve had bad morning sickness with both of my children and unfortunately have yet to find a great natural remedy. But what has worked the best for me is to eat a bowl of fairly plain oatmeal in the wee hours of the morning (usually around 4 or 5am – I usually don’t rise until 7 or 8am) ) and then sip homemade ginger tea throughout the day…

  10. My goal for this week is to soak and dehydrate some oats for homemade granola…but this would be much easier! 😉

    Go outside and eat a piece of cheese. And have a half a turkey sandwich at 10:00 at night. Seriously. And don’t look at raw eggs if you feel queasy. :)

  11. Sounds yummy! Always looking for good granola recipes! 😉

  12. With my first, and so far only, pregnancy I never had morning sickness. I hope to be as lucky the next time around.

  13. Eating all the time–little bits. Avoiding strong smells. And I tried to do ginger stuff, but since I don’t LIKE ginger sometimes it just made me more sick!

  14. Great giveaway! I didn’t have bad morning sickness with my two pregnancies, thankfully. I believe remedies are great and use them when needed, but I always try to find the source of the problem and then use remedies to help restore order.

    When I was pregnant with my second and started to experience morning sickness (not bad, but nobody wants to feel even a little bit sick!) I told my chiropractor and he felt around my stomach area and simply pushed it down… it worked!! He said basically what can happen is has the body is adjusting and making room for the baby… the stomach would get pushed up and cause the valve to stay “open” which cause the feeling of “morning sickness”. He showed me how to do it if I experience sickness… I didn’t have to do it too much, but I made it a habit to massage the area just above my stomach (push down firmly while laying flat or sitting upright) during the whole pregnancy of my second girl.

    Also, sometimes severe morning sickness can mean that your liver is backed up and needs to be flushed. A GREAT morning liver flush tonic is mixing together a glass of warm water with fresh lemon juice, raw honey, hot cayenne powder & crushed fresh garlic or ginger (optional). It doesn’t taste too bad and I love adding the ginger. Lemon juice is a great remedy for heartburn because it alkalines the stomach.

    oh and I would LOVE to try the Coconut Granola or Orange Pecan!!

  15. Still TTC here :) I love soaked grains for breakfast, so this sounds wonderful! Oh man, the orange pecan granola sounds soooo fantastic! I haven’t tried making “crispy nuts” out of Nourishing Traditions yet, so I’m ecstatic that someone is actually making granola with them, and soaked with whey! Totally bookmarking that website… 😀

  16. That Cashew Berry Crunch sounds fabulous!! Would love to try it!!

  17. Lisa Imerman says:

    I had “morning” sickness with all 4 of my pregnancies, but it was always in the evening. I never found anything that worked wonderfully that was natural. However, I did find that eating many small meals/snacks worked great. I also used seabands with some of my pregnancies but it was a small difference if any. I didn’t find the ginger helped at all, but I enjoy drinking tea, so I did try it.

    Time was the only thing that helped me, at about 14-16 weeks I finally started to feel better. Just know it does get better (usually) and do what you can to rest.

    I would love to try some of their granola, I did try a small amount at the WAPF conference.


  18. Hi, I’m not TTC (actually have 2 children we’ve adopted & just enjoy your blog for the healthy eating tips) :) If I had morning sickness I would try a ginger peppermint tea, or capsules are what I use if I have stomach upset now. I love granola with raisens, yogurt & honey for breakfast so I would like to try their oatmeal cookie granola! Yum!

  19. Well, for me, being on my third pregnancy (hopefully we’ll actually have a baby this time! :-) ) these things have worked for me”1
    1. I don’t let myself get hungry. I eat a portion of food about the size of the palm of my hand 5-6 times a day instead of 3 big meals.
    2. I also sip either ginger or peppermint tea.
    3. I don’t know how natural this next one is (I guess it depends on the source), but mineral water mixed with a little organic apple concentrate gives me the fizziness of Sprite without the sugar and chemicals.
    4. I also carry 23 raw almonds in my purse at all times so I don’t get overly hungry when I’m out and about. 5. Take prenatals at night so at least you aren’t aware that your vitamin is making you sick.
    6. STAY AWAY FROM SMELLY PEOPLE, it definitely intensifies morning sickness 😉
    7. Don’t get too hot, it intensifies nausea.
    8. Carry a little bottle of lemon essential oil and sniff it when needed… it really helps with waves of pukiness.

  20. I would LOVE to win!!! 😀 😀 I could never do the ginger thing. Hated the taste, and it never really helped. But believe it or not BEANS help with morning sickness! So much so, that I would eat them in the morning! Google it (or swagbucks it). I am telling you the truth. Beans help the BEST with morning sickness!

  21. Yum! I’m a bit carnivorous these days, so how about some grass fed lamb?

    Morning sickness remedies in order of effectiveness:
    TIME – sad, but true
    Keep some crackers on the nightstand and eat them before doing anything else in the am
    protein rich meals and snacks
    sucking on ice cubes, lemon drops, or mints

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  22. I’d like to get to the morning sickness for a change. Maybe the soaked cereal would help. Orange pecan sounds wonderful, since I love orange anything and I was born in the South where they actually have pecans growing on trees in their backyards!

  23. Stephanie says:

    Love the give away! As to morning sickness, it was not my friend during my current pregnancy. I finally asked a naturopath about it and here is what she suggested. She said that morning sickness was related to kidney overload. I needed to help my kidneys. Every morning I make a green smoothie. I add 1 kale stalk, 2 asparagus stalks (without the head), a sprinkle of seaweed, a small slice of ginger, a handful of frozen berries, honey to sweeten, and water. It is an acquired taste, but it helped me a lot!!!! When my morning sickness was at its peak, I made one of these in the morning and afternoon. I just put everything in my Magic Bullet and seconds later had a great drink. It is refreshing and always sits well on my tummy.

  24. With my 4 pregnancies I ate peppermints, drank peppermint tea, and took peppermint capsules when the tea wasnt available. It helped me out sooooo much.

    I would like to try the banana muffin cereal :)

  25. My son is three weeks old today! We struggled with infertility for 5 years before conceiving. I usually dealt with “morning” sickness with a bowl of cold cereal! How I wish I’d had some healthy soaked cereal — especially now that we’re getting raw milk, too.

  26. This sounds so good!! I would love to try the Banana Muffin Cereal and the Cashew Nut Butter.

  27. Well, I thought I would chime in here since I posed the question! Unfortunately our current pregnancy (my ninth) has ended with a miscarraige at 12 ish weeks but not without a reminder of morning sickness. Each baby/pregnancy was different so different approached worked with each one. My advice is to be creative, try to respond to what your body is ‘craving’ – it just might be a nutritional deficiency of some type.

    So here’s how I’ve handled mine so far.

    Pregnancy #1 – okay I was coming off the Low-fat diet craze so what do you think was the ONLY thing that kept my head out of the toilet? FAT! and plenty of it. I craved EVOO, butter, fully fatted dairy products (which I was so deprving myself of for too long) and then grapefruit – to the tune of 5 pounds per week for several weeks. My guess is I needed folic acid.

    Pregnancy #2 – lost at 9 weeks before the queeziness really set in.

    Pregnancy #3 – my midwife suggested “phosphorus drops” they taste like the peel of the lemon – rank – but they worked INSTANTLY for this one. She said since the devoloping organs need phosphorus it would help, and it did. But I think some great grass-fed meat would do the same thing with more benefits. But you can’t drop some beef on your tonge before a meeting and have instant relief!

    Pregnancy #4 – Small frequent meals that had some protein worked with this little gal.

    Pregnancy #5 – RAW sourkraut was AMAZING for this little guy. I ate it first thing in the morning, in fact craved it – and then snacked on it during the day – between meals!

    Pregnancy #6 – ended at 5 short weeks :(

    Pregnancy #7 – on the heels of #6 ran almost 14 weeks and brought all the morning sickness of a full term pregnancy. For this one the sourkraut did the trick as well!

    Pregnancy #8 – Peppermint Pelu gum throughout the day worked like a charm. For some reason the cool of the mint was all I needed to “change” my mouth and avoid the puckies!

    Pregnancy #9 – only lasted about 12 weeks but the sickness was more at night then the day and eating an earlier dinner made all the difference.

    Its so sad to say goodbye and I know I am not alone in expereicing this kind of a loss. Please know that my prayers are with you all during this special phase of life!

  28. Sarah Bauer says:

    Michaeleen – I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. I’ve been through a couple myself and know how hard it is. I have 2 wonderful boys, but while they were growing inside me, they gave me tons of fits! The older one even bruised/cracked a rib! Here’s a couple things that kept me going through the nausea:

    #1 Lots of food….small amounts all during the day, snacks tucked everywhere.

    #2 Peppermint! It’s amazing what even just toothpaste can do to calm an upset stomach.

    #3 Ginger, hot and spicy, but it does the trick.

    #4 B Vitamins…probably why the beans work so well, they’re high in B vitamins. I add nutritional yeast to my smoothies to get an extra boost.

  29. Still TTC (dIUI #6 on board this week), but I’ve always had a pretty sensitive stomach. Here’s what works for me: first level – tea with milk; second level – Coke with the fizz stirred out.

    For the giveaway, I would want to try the Coconut Granola cereal. Sounds delicious!

  30. I am very sorry for your losses, Michaeleen. My heart goes out to those who have experienced loss during pregnancy.

    For my “morning” sickness, which was more in the afternoon and evening, I ate the hard ginger candy, Gin Gins–they were just strong enough to take the edge off of the nausea without giving me heartburn. And they were so easy to pop in my mouth on my way out the door to run errands.

  31. I never had morning sickness, so not much I can contribute. I’ve heard about ginger (like maybe tea or candy). It’s supposed to work for seasickness!
    Anyway, I love cashews, so this sounds wonderful! Thanks you.

  32. i started eating in the bed ( dry bread , plain cookies , ..) before getting up and kept eating every other hour .also pregnancy tea ( traditional medicinal ) was really helpful

  33. I’m a really bad person to ask. :) I had to have an IV, because I dehydrated so bad with my morning sickness. Towards the end, it helped to eat little meals throughout the day. I also tried Raspberry Tea and eating very sour candies.

  34. What a great giveaway! I would love to try one of their soaked flours, and their banana muffin cereal sounds delicious!


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