Melon has a lot of skeptics talking as it’s high in sugar count. However there are multiple positive effects melon has on our body. What’s the guaranteed crowd favorite, especially in summer? No, not ice cream! Watermelon. This particular melon is a powerhouse for hydration and refueling. Moreover don’t forget it’s loaded with nutritional value and little calories. But we’re not quite done yet. Watermelon aides in reducing soreness and helps boost athletic performance. Plus it aides inflammation and cardiovascular health. There is just no denying it, watermelon has tons of health benefits that we can’t ignore. And do we really need to point out how tasty it is? Didn’t think so! Enjoy watermelon as a snack, on the side, in a salad or as a dessert. There possibilities are endless.
Dawn Jackson Blatner, R.D. is the genius creator of these DIY Popsicles. Before you ask, these Popsicles use water as the main source of recovery following an intense, sweaty workout. Blatner adds sea salt to the Popsicles as it acts like a electrolte replenishment. With just two ingredients, these sports pops are simple to make and boast of only 25 calories a serving, so don’t agonize over the sugar content! Choose Watermelon Electrolyte Pops over your favorite sugary sports drink, it’s the smarter choice. Blatner does recommend that you have one pop before the gym and also one after for optimal recovery.
Watermelon Electrolyte Pops
Each Sports Pop is just 25 calories!
– Watermelon juice that contains citrulline (to boost athletic performance and reduce muscle soreness)
– Sea salt with electrolytes such as sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium (helps maintain hydration)
1. CUT: Cut the flesh of a watermelon into cubes. Make sure some of the white rind is left on because the citrulline is found in higher concentrations there speficially.
Note: An average sized watermelon offers nearly 11 cups of cubes.
2. BLEND: Add the cubes to a blender with 1 teaspoon of sea salt. Blend until completely smooth. Expect to have around six cups of juice.
3. FREEZE: Pour the juice to 16 ice pop pouches, zip close and freeze. To hydrate and recover quicker, have one sports pop before and after an intense sweat session!