Have a Ball during Munch Madness!

If you are a college basketball fan then March is your month! But whether you are a jersey- wearing, face-painting supporter of your alma mater or just along for the ride, game day snacks are a must. Along with all this madness in March is National Nutrition Month, so it’s time to fuel up for success. What better recipes for game day then those that are shaped like a ball? Block out the junk food and rebound with these healthy ball-shaped recipes! They’re easy to assemble, bite sized for party trays, and delicious no matter what the ingredients are – classic meat, salty, sweet, or a tasty mix.

The following recipes score more than baskets. They’re loaded with protein, fiber and


Slam dunk!

Dietitian Bracket Picks for Basketball Finger Foods:

Nuttin’ but Net! No-Bake Chocolate-Peanut Butter Balls

(Serves 16)

All you need:

  • 1 cup chopped dried dates

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter

  • 1 cup chocolate whey protein powder

  • ½ cup flaxseed meal

  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, slightly melted

  • 2 Tbsp honey

  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

  • ¾ cup Hy-Vee 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate baking chips or dark chocolate squares, melted

All you do:

  1. In a food processor add all ingredients except melted chocolate.

  2. Transfer to pan with nonstick cooking spray. Drizzle chocolate over bars and refrigerate.

Saved by the Buzzer! Spinach and Sausage Balls

(Serves 10)

All you need:

  • 1 - 10 oz package frozen spinach, thawed and water squeezed out

  • 1 lb ground turkey sausage

  • 6 slices whole wheat bread, torn into small pieces

  • ½ cup egg substitute

  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese

  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted

  • 1 tsp ground black pepper

  • 1 tsp thyme

  • 1 tsp rosemary

  • Cooking spray

All you do:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.

  2. Roll mixture into balls, about 1 ½ inches in diameter. Place onto a baking sheet coated with cooking spray.

  3. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

Recipe obtained from Ashley Simper, MS, RD, LDN.

Short on time? Avoid shooting an air ball, and pickup grab-n-go items like premade sushi, Aidells pre-cooked chicken meatballs, or no-bake energy bites at your local Hy-Vee.



Erin Good is a community dietitian at Waukee Hy-Vee in Waukee, IA. Erin is passionate about guiding, motivating and helping others achieve a happy, healthy lifestyle.


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