Honeybrains, a new restaurant in New York City, is giving a whole new meaning to brain food. The fast-casual eatery offers only nutrient-packed meals, specifically made to boost your brain health.
It’s co-owned by neurologist Dr. Alon Seifan, whose private practice in Hollywood, Florida, specializes in aging and dementia. There are three things that food does to improve our body and brain health, Seifan said.
“One, good food can improve metabolism, number two, good food can improve our circulation, and number three, good food can improve the balance of nutrients and inflammation in our body,” Dr. Alon Seifan told Fox News.
Seifan, along with his siblings, and business partner Christophe Jadot, set out to open a health-conscious restaurant that took principles from eating methods found in the Blue Zones around the world, like the Mediterranean diet. People in Blue Zones tend to live longer and healthier lives than the average person.
A recent study published in the journal neurology found that older adults who closely followed a Mediterranean-like diet were less likely to lose brain volume as they aged, compared with those who didn’t follow the diet.
“They all have the same thing in common. It’s five food groups —it’s the fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains and healthy fats,” Seifan said. “So we have an entire menu based on those five food groups, any combination of those is both delicious and good for us.”
Chef Kevin Chun, Honeybrains’ executive chef and chief culinary officer, created a menu that garnishes those five food groups with herbs, spices, fermented foods and natural sweeteners from nature.
“Our main spice blend incorporates a couple of different paprikas, garlic, cumin, coriander seeds, a lot of spices that you might find in Mediterranean flavors,” Chun told Fox News.
You’ll also find dishes full of super foods like nuts, avocados, leafy greens. and of course honey, which is full of antioxidants.
“Antioxidants improve our circulation, and they improve the stability of the cell membranes in our eyes and our brain,” Seifan said.
The restaurant doesn’t just aim to feed the hungry. When designing Honeybrains, Seifan wanted to provide a complete brain wellness experience for his customers that would help educate them on how food can help fight epidemic’s like Alzheimer’s. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, an estimated 5.4 million Americans of all ages had Alzheimer’s disease in 2016.
On Thursdays, Honeybrains hosts “Thursday Night Talks,” a moderated session where experts share information on a variety of health topics. You can also catch Chef Chung at one of their monthly cooking classes to learn how to prepare brain-healthy meals, like their best-selling Avocado Crush Toast.
Avocado Crush Toast
-Slice and toast a thick piece of seeded sourdough bread.
-Smash a half an avocado into a small mixing bowl and add lemon juice, salt and pepper.
– Spread avocado mixture onto toast.
-Sprinkle a mix of Chi seed and Hemp seed salt on top.
-Finish by drizzling extra virgin olive oil over the toast.
-Garnish with a fresh herbs; basil, chives and parsley.
#FACTS The Mediterranean Diet Pyramid is based on the dietary traditions of Crete, Greece, and southern Italy circa 1960 at a time when the rates of chronic disease among populations there were among the lowest in the world, and adult life expectancy was among the highest, even though medical services were limited.