There are some skeptics when it comes to cantaloupes. The idea is that cantaloupe is high in sugar but also has many beneficial effects on our bodies. The only crowd puller every day? Watermelon. Not only is it a powerhouse when it comes to hydration, but also when it comes to refueling. Also, let’s not forget that it is high in nutritional value and has minimal calories. We’re not done yet, watermelon helps relieve pain and improve athletic performance. Plus, it helps with inflammation and cardiovascular health. There’s no denying that watermelon has an impact on the scale of health benefits! And boy, does it taste great, so we eat it as a sandwich, salad, side dish or dessert. The possibilities are endless.
These DIY popsicles were made by Dawn Jackson Blatner, R.D. And yes, you obviously use water as your primary source of recovery after a heavy workout. Blatner combines the shovel with sea salt as it serves as an electrolyte supply. With just two ingredients, these energy drinks are easy to make and with only 25 calories per serving, you don’t have to worry about sugar levels! Electrolyte watermelons are the perfect alternative to these sugary sports drinks. Blatner recommends drinking lemonade before and after the gym for optimal recovery.
Watermelon Electrolyte Pops
Each Sports Pop contains only 25 calories!
- Watermelon juice, which contains citrulline to improve athletic performance and relieve muscle pain.
- Sea salt, which contains electrolytes like sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium to help maintain hydration.
- CUT: Cut the pulp of a medium watermelon into cubes. Be sure to include part of the white peel as citrulline is found in higher concentrations.
Note: A medium-sized watermelon makes about 11 diced cups.
- BLEND: Put the cubes with 1 teaspoon of sea salt in a blender and stir until smooth. This gives you about six cups of juice.
- FREEZE: Pour the juice into 16 soda bags, zip up and freeze. To recover and hydrate yourself even faster, do a sport jump before and after an intense sweat session!