Runner Fuel: Jarlsberg Minis

Jarlsberg Minis

Jarlsberg Minis

I am not one of those runners who can go ten miles on angel wings and fairy dew. If you are, I’m jealous. You can stop reading this and go groom the golden wings on your heels; this post isn’t for you (unless you love cheese; in which case, stick around).

If, however, you’re like me and start fantasizing about bacon or peanut butter or beer at around mile 7, then read on, please!

I don’t like to start a long run on a full stomach, so I’ll typically eat a small snack before heading out. Which is why, after an hour or so, I start remembering all the things sitting at home in the fridge or pantry, things I suddenly want to be shoving in my mouth.

I’m not burning through glucose, necessarily, on the long run, so I avoid gels and candy. My cravings (peanut butter, bacon, peanut butter and bacon sandwiches…) tell me I need slow-burning fuel to last the long haul. I usually pack nuts or a protein bar for this reason.

Recently, though, I was invited to try Jarlsberg’s new contribution to the portable-snack scene: the Minis! I was excited because Jarslberg has always been one of my favorite cheeses. Now, I can throw a couple of minis in my pack to take with me! And so can you, because they’re available nationwide in grocery stores.

Good news: If you’re running Elemental Running‘s December 12/6/3-Hour race this year, you’ll get to try these there. We’ll be giving out minis at the aid station.

The Stats:

  • Each Jarlsberg Cheese Mini is individually portioned at 20 grams.
  • The minis are 100% all natural and have only 70 calories each.
  • They offer a good source of calcium and protein.
  • Jarlsberg Cheese Minis have an SRP of $4.99 for a 5-count bag and $1.25 for minis sold individually (which, of course, varies by retailer).

For tips and information on the minis and Jarlsberg® Cheese in general, visit or find Jarlsberg on Facebook.


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