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In this Lesson you will Learn

  1. What are grains?
  2. What are pseudocereals?
  3. How to store and prepare grains

Grains are the edible seeds produced by cereal/grass crops such as millet, corn, sorghum, barley, rice, rye, teff, oats, and of course, wheat. Amaranth, buckwheat, and quinoa are called pseudocereals because they are not grasses. The starchy seeds pseudocereals produce can be prepared and enjoyed similar to other "true" grains, but they contain more protein and minerals.1 For more information regarding grains, their protein content, and the quality of this protein, we recommend our eBook Lift, Eat, Repeat.

Grains are usually added to boiling water and then simmered, but they have different cooking times depending on the grain and if/how it has been processed, so look for specific instructions when it doubt. Store your grains in airtight containers in cool, dark places.


  1. Pseudocereals - An Overview


  1. Grains are edible seeds produced by grasses, such as millet, corn, barley, oats, rice, and wheat.
  2. Pseudocereals are similar to grains but do not come from grass crops. Pseudocereals include amaranth, buckwheat, and quinoa.
  3. Grains are usually boiled/simmered. Store grains in airtight containers in a cool dark place.
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