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I know some of you may be turned off by the whole "DIY" thing. I realize that it doesn't exactly ring masculine, but hear me out. While "DIY" is generally synonymous with Pinterest-obsessed women, it's a great way to save money.
In this instance, why buy cases of Gatorade (or your preferred sports drink) when you can make your own, more effective recovery snack? Have I peeked your interest yet? This could be preeeeettty fun! You'll even get to tell your mother you did something right in the kitchen for once. That's a nice little bonus, if you ask me.
So, you might be wondering, why Watermelon? Well, according to Fitness Magazine:
"It's a powerhouse when it comes to hydration and refueling (not to mention its nutritional value for minimal calories). Not only does it reduce soreness and boost athletic performance, but it can also help with inflammation and even cardiovascular health. That's why Dawn Jackson Blatner, R.D., developed the perfect recipe that uses watermelon to help you recover after a tough workout. She paired it with sea salt to create these watermelon electrolyte pops—the sea salt serves as electrolyte replenishment. With just two ingredients, these pops are easy to prep ahead of time, and at only 25 calories per serving you can rest easy about the sugar content (making them the perfect alternative to sugary sports drinks). Blatner suggests having one pop before the gym and one after for ideal recovery."
Alright, seems pretty legit to me. Now how do we make these bad boys? Blatner's website reads:
CUT. Chop the flesh of an average-size watermelon into cubes. Be sure to include some of the white rind since that’s where citrulline is found in higher concentrations. NOTE: An average size (15 pound) watermelon will give you ~11 cups of cubes.
BLEND. Add the cubes to a blender with 1 teaspoon of sea salt & blend until smooth. You’ll end up with ~6 cups of juice.
FREEZE. Pour juice into 16 ice pop pouches, zip close & freeze. I use THESE ice pop pouches.