Watermelon Electrolyte Pops, A Way to Keep the Chicago Cubs Cool

We like it when our hometown baseball teams are hot in the standings—but not in the dugout. How do the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs keep cool during the sweltering heat of summer? We caught up with the Cubs’ team nutritionist, Dawn Jackson Blatner to score a recipe that is a big hit in the clubhouse. Now you can be “Cubs Cool” with Watermelon Electrolyte Pops.

There are three things your body needs to keep muscles going strong throughout a workout: hydration, carbohydrates and sodium. Water keeps our whole body working efficiently and without enough of it we are more likely to get injured and feel fatigued. Carbs are the main fuel source your muscles burn through and sodium is the key electrolyte lost in sweat, so it’s important to replace them.

—Dawn Jackson Blatner

August 01, 2017


  • 1 medium-size watermelon, cut into cubes
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt


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.

Add the cubes to a blender with 1 teaspoon of sea salt & blend until smooth.

Pour juice into 16 ice pop pouches, zip close & freeze.

Makes about 16 pops

WATERMELON JUICE contains CITRULLINE to boost athletic performance and help reduce muscle soreness. SEA SALT contains ELECTROLYTES such as sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium to help with hydration.

An average size (15-pound) watermelon will yield about 11 cups of cubes, and around 6 cups of juice.

Each SPORTS POP is only 25 calories.

To hydrate & recover faster, have 1 pop before + 1 pop after a sweat session!


  • 1 medium-size watermelon, cut into cubes
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
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