Guest post written by Robin Tomaselli of Baked Dessert Café, Fine Art & Wine Gallery

In 1863, Ludwig Andreas Feuerbach authored an essay entitled Concerning Spiritualism and Materialism.  He wrote “Der Mensch ist, was er ißt,” which in English translates to mean “man is what he eats.”  Not literally of course, but his belief that the food we eat has an effect on our state of mental well being and our physical health still rings true today.

As a matter of fact, in an age where our food sources are mostly processed and/or genetically engineered, it may be more important than ever to simply “Eat for Real!”  Modern day translation…the majority of the time, feed your body foods that are natural, in their most natural state, containing no artificial ingredients, colors, preservative and/or trans fats and little, to no genetically modified organisms.

Understand that putting this healthy practice into action will require some adjustments, may take some planning and will not be as convenient as plucking something already prepared off of the grocery store shelf.   In some cases it may cost a little bit more too.  Remember though, that in the long run, benefits of “eating for real” outweigh any inconvenience and/or out of pocket expense you may incur.

If you have children, teaching them how to eat and prepare healthy meals too has the potential to positively impact their overall health now and for years to come.   Plus most kids love to cook!  Making breakfast together, even if just on the weekend, is not difficult or expensive and can be a great meal for the whole family to begin this healthy lifestyle change together.

Enjoy the “Bisquick Clone” recipe that follows for an easy and all natural replacement for the unnatural store bought blend.  This mix can be used for all kinds of things from pancakes to Banana Pecan Coffee Cake.   It can be made ahead in large batches and kept in your pantry or refrigerator for a healthy “go to” replacement.


  • 1-1/8 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil (coconut oil can be substituted)

Mix together the dry ingredients either by hand, mixer or pulsed in a food processor.  Add oil and continue to combine until completely incorporated.  Store mixture in air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.  Use this mixture in any recipe in place of Bisquick.