• Full name: Kristen Arnold
  • Hometown(s): Columbus Ohio
  • Alma mater(s): The Ohio State University
  • Primary sport/event: Cycling, Criteriums
  • What you are working toward now: Slaying the crit scene and getting multiple series jerseys in the USACRITS series
  • Day job (if you have one): sports dietitian, cycling coach
  • Proudest athletic accomplishment: founding Lady Gnar Shredders, placing 4th in the overalls at Intelligentsia Cup
  • Funny athletic moment/memory: rolling up the start lines with my shorts/bibs hiked up so I can wait for my PR Lotion to soak in, looking like a 60s bikini model
  • Favorite non-athletic/sports hobby/activity: swimming in lakes, watering holes, and the ocean
  • My personal “walk up”/motivational/current theme song is…. Derezzed by Daft Punk on Tron Soundtrack
  • Best junk food ever created: Dots pretzels
  • Favorite recipes (please include links to one-or more- if you are a kitchen whiz!): No-Bake Power Bars
  • Favorite cocktail/drink of choice (if applicable): Anything with Mezcal
  • Family info: My father is a retired Army Brigadier General
  • Secret talent: I know the phonetic alphabet by heart 
  • Professional (non-athletic) superpower: listening
  • Personal (non-athletic) superpower: making a delicious meal out of whatever I have on hand
  • Favorite athletic/sports book: Calm the F*ck Down and Rise to the Occasion by Simon Marshall, PhD and Lesley Paterson
  • Favorite athletic/sports movie: A League of their Own
  • Quote about how Athlete Blood Test has helped your nutrition, recovery, or performance: ABT has helped me to understand my biomarker values as it relates to me as an athlete. This has shed light on some key questions I’ve had with my doctor that they did not know how to answer as they don’t specialize in sports medicine. The key areas for improvement in my blood values on the ABT panel have helped me identify holes in my performance. Their robust assessment of my panel values and recommendations have helped me fill those holes and now I have been able to train harder and longer than before. Using ABT in my practice has elevated the level of care I provide and allowed me the information I need to enhance the performance of the athletes who work with me. 

Recipe Name: No-Bake Power Bars

Recipe Author: Kristen Arnold MS, RDN, CSSD

Ingredients:

1.5 cups pitted dates
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup chia seeds
1/2 cup coconut, shredded unsweetened
1/2 cup dark chocolate chunks or chips
1/2 cup oats
1 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions:

1. Blend dates in food processor until they make a ball on their own.

2. Add all other ingredients to the food processor until it makes a mostly uniform glob. You may need to add water to make everything come together (depending on how dry your dates are). 

3. Smoosh glob into a wax paper lined baking dish and the glob is about 3/4 inch thick.

4. Place in freezer for a few hours.

5. Cut into squares to your liking.