Crush your Workouts with Coffee

Here are some benefits to drinking coffee before you go break a sweat at the gym:

Burn More Fat:

Caffeine is one of the very few natural substances that have been proven to help aid fat burning. Studies have shown that having a cup or two of coffee before you workout can help you burn more fat. The reason for this is that caffeine stimulates the nervous system, which sends direct signals to the fat cells to tell them to break down fat. Caffeine also increases our blood levels of the hormone epinephrine, which travels through the body, to the fat tissues and sends them signals to break down fats and release them into the blood.

Coffee can also increase your metabolic rate. The higher your metabolic rate, the easier it is to burn more calories and lose more weight. However, studies have shown the effect to be less pronounced in people who are obese.

A Spanish study, published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, found that trained athletes who took in caffeine pre-exercise burned about 15% more calories for three hours post-exercise, compared to those who did not ingest coffee.

Links to sources:

http://ajpendo.physiology.org/content/269/4/E671.short

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7486839

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24901809

Improve Circulation:

Better circulation means a better workout! A recent Japanese study concluded that participants that downed caffeinated coffee experienced a 30% increase in blood flow over a 75-minute period, compared to those who drank decaffeinated coffee.

Link to source:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/11/131120111950.htm

Feel Less Pain:

Scientists at the University of Illinois found that consuming the caffeine equivalent of two to three cups of coffee one hour before a 30-minute bout of high-intensity exercise reduced perceived muscle pain.

The conclusion: caffeine may help you push just a little bit harder during strength-training workouts, resulting in better improvements in muscle strength and/or endurance.

Link to source:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/03/090330200831.htm

Increase Performance:

Several studies have demonstrated a link between caffeine intake before exercise and increased athletic performance. A report published in Sports Medicine refers to caffeine as a “powerful ergogenic aid,” and mentions that athletes can “train at a greater power output and/or train longer” after caffeine consumption. Another study published in the British Journal of Sports Science found that subjects who consumed coffee before running 1500 meters on the treadmill completed their run 4.2 seconds faster than the control group, on average. In addition the study by the British Journal of Sports Medicine, concluded that soccer players who consumed caffeine dribbled, headed and kicked the ball more accurately than without caffeine.

Links to sources:

http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/26/2/116

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1478936/

Beat the Fatigue: 

Studies continue to show that people who consume coffee are able to train longer. Caffeine reduces adenosine levels, which is a substance that builds up in the muscles during exercise and causes your muscles to get tired and weakened. The reduction in adenosine levels enables you to use more forceful muscle contractions and delays fatigue.

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

  1. A common myth about coffee is that is causes dehydration. While caffeine is a diuretic, studies looking at caffeine use in high-temperature exercise situations show that it does not lead to dehydration or subsequent decreases in performance. However, staying super hydrated with H20 is always important whether you are working out or not.
  2. Caffeine affects everyone differently. Make sure to know your limits and be smart about your caffeine intake. Burning a few extra calories is not as important as feeling mentally stable and being able to sleep at night, so please do not go too crazy on the caffeine.
  3. Lastly, if you are trying to lose or even main your weight, be careful about adding any sugar or heavy creams to your cup of coffee as that will add a whole lot of calories!

Calling all Coffee and Fitness Fanatics!

Feeling thirsty for some mouthwatering coffee and an entirely new outlook on dieting, cooking and healthy eating!?!? We sure are, which is why we teamed up with Leslie Ann Quillen of LAQ Fitness for our very first Instagram contest!

Here are the contest rules:

1. Take a MUGSHOT of you and your coffee either pre- or post- workout!

2. Post your picture on Instagram and use the hashtag #BrewLaLAQFitness

3. @LAQFitness and @BrewLaLaCoffee will randomly select one #BrewLaLAQFitness photo and the WINNER will receive 4 FREE bags of BrewLaLaCoffee & FREE registration to Fat Loss Cooking School – a 4-week online program for women who want more confidence in the kitchen and in life! You’ll learn your fat loss formula, what foods fuel your fat-burning furnace, how to create cleaned-up versions of your favorite foods & how to become a Fat Loss Foodie!

Additional Notes: Contestants are encouraged to post as many pictures as they would like!  The winner will be picked on August 30th!

We hope to see your sweaty, coffee inspired photographs in the next coming weeks!

Let the games begin!

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Sip, Savor and Save!

We are so excited to announce that over 20 of our gourmet coffee flavors are back in stock!!  To celebrate this exciting news, we would like to offer everyone 25% off all orders placed in the month of July!!  Talk about some Sweet Savings!!

Coupon Code: JULY25 Brew La La_ July 25 Savings

In addition, some of our most popular flavors are now available in USDA Organic certified versions!  Talk about having your cake and drinking it too!!  

We hope you enjoy and have a very sweet day!

Sweetest wishes,

The Ooh La La/Brew La La Team!

Summer Fancy Food Show

We are so sorry that we haven’t been blogging the past few months!!  We’ve had so much brewing that our brains were almost spinning out of our heads!  However, that is not a good excuse, and we promise to not let so much time lapse between blog posts again!

With that said, you are probably wondering what we have been up to… which was getting ready and prepped for the Summer Fancy Food Show that took place from June 29 through July 1 at the Jacob Javits center in NYC.

I thought it would be fun to take you all behind the scenes at the Summer Fancy Food Show and give you a small taste of what being an exhibitor at a trade show can be like.

Pre-show Setup:

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Everyone’s least favorite part (or at least ours)… are the days when the air conditioners are not yet turned on and everyone is opening boxes, setting up booths and assembling complex architectural designs that miraculously transform into beautifully branded mini stores for the buyers and attendees to come explore.   Unfortunately, I was only able to snap a few photos while setting up since my mind was so focused on getting the booth assembled and the products out on the shelf!

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It’s Sunday morning and the Fancy Food Show has officially begun!  It’s hard not to get distracted by all of the yummy foods and mouthwatering aromas that are coming from all directions, but after all, this is business and we are here to meet prospective buyers and sell, sell, sell!

Here is our booth fully setup with our beautiful new products on the shelves!

IMG_3935Here is another photo of the booth with me :)
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Spring Time!

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Our favorite time of year is here again! How will you be kicking off this Spring season!? We hope with some of our delicious organic tea blends that taste great both hot or iced.

Try our Organic Ginger Peach Green Tea for the perfect balance of spicy ginger, juicy peach and green tea that is guaranteed to leave you refreshed and satisfied! Healthy, all organic and delicious! Try it Hot or Iced! We guaranteed your taste buds will be jumping with joy!

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Sip, Savor and Soothe your Soul with Brew La La Tea!

Love is in the Air!

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It’s almost Valentine’s Day, so it’s time for special savings on the coffees and teas you LOVE! Please enjoy 15% off all orders now through February 18 with coupon code LOVE15.

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In addition, if your order is over $25, we will send you one of our Sweet Conversation Hearts Candy Cupcakes, a $7.99 retail value, for free! It’s a delicious way to show your loved ones just how sweet you think they truly are!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy New Year!

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Be Merry!

We hope everyone had a Very Merry Christmas filled with lots of family, friends, love, laughter & delicious food and drinks!!! In honor of the giving spirit, we are offering 20% off of all orders over $20! We hope you enjoy (and have a very happy holiday season)!!
photo 21Brew La La Coffee Holiday Blends are the perfect way to enjoy your favorite holiday desserts minus all the unwanted calories and sugar!! Our holiday coffee blends include Egg Nog, Cozy Winter Treat, Frosty’s Favorite, Santa’s Mint Chocolate Treat, Gingerbread Cookie, Candy Cane & Sugar Cookie!

Sweetest wishes,

The Ooh La La/Brew La La Team :)

Burr! Baby, it’s cold outside!

Keep warm this winter with some sweet & delicious hot cocoa from Ooh La La Candy!

4b01b92dce01bde95ba7423fe315f820 copyAvailable in unique and yummy flavors such as S’mores, Vanilla Truffle, Mint Chocolate Chip, Dark Chocolate Mint, Double Chocolate Caramel and Salted Caramel. Try them all before the season is over!

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Have a very sweet day!

Black Friday Sale!

Black Friday25% off all orders over $50!

Enjoy sweet savings on our gourmet coffee, organic tea & candy!

Shop & save the Ooh La La way… with Style & Taste! ♥ ♥ ♥

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