New seasons are exciting because they usher in welcome changes to our usual routines. We wear new clothes, watch different sports, and eat seasonal menu items. What's fall without football or summer without ice cream?

Chances are you're less inclined to eat an ice cream cone in February or pumpkin pie in July. Likewise, you may find that your hearty breakfast of choice in the colder months is less appealing now. Still, it's important to enjoy your whole grains and start off your day with a nutritious meal. My new fav alternative to a steaming bowl of oatmeal? Quinoa.

Quinoa is like oatmeal's brawnier, older brother. It's loaded with protein, packed with fiber, and one of the most nutritious foods on the planet. It's great for lunch and dinner but usually overlooked for breakfast. The consistency is lighter than oatmeal, the flavor nuttier, and it can be served hot or cold.

Quick Quinoa Breakfast:

Mix a few splashes of vanilla soy milk and/or a pureed banana into cooked quinoa. Top with honey and fresh berries; feel your day begin with spring in your step.

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