Lighten Up Summer Giveaway…2 Winners!

This contest is now over, congratulations to entry # 812 and #324 who have been notified.

Here’s a fun quick giveaway for you guys courtesy of Alouette Cheese!

Here’s what 2 lucky Picky Palate Winners will receive… Each prize a $200 Value!

The Cuisinart Griddler® Grill Centro features a top tier that converts from grill to griddle and a bottom tier that automatically rotates skewers at the same time! Valued at $100

Alouette Cheese: An introduction to the new Light Spinach & Artichoke with VIP coupons (5 each = $40)

Cooking Light Magazine Subscription

Cooking Light Cookbook: Grilling

Here’s How To Enter:

1. Leave a comment and tell us  “What is a “light” treat you enjoy in the summer?

2. For extra entries, Follow Picky Palate on Twitter, RSS Feed and Like us on Facebook. Leave 3 separate comments for this.

3.  Contest ends Saturday July 16th 8am PST. Winners will be chosen by Random.org and notified by email. Giveaway provided by Alouette Cheese.

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  1. Banana Soft Serve Ice Cream. Mmmmm. It is light and you can add anything to it to spice things up – melted chocolate and nut butter combo is my favourite.

  2. Jey

    I love ripe fruit during the summer. They are so juicy! I’ve started a new eating habit where I eat my fruit with some greek yogurt. It’s quite delicious! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. summer is salad season in our house, and my current favorite is baby spinach with a light raspberry vinaigrette, slivered almonds, raspberries and blueberries ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I don’t know how “light” it is – but “summer” to me means grilled peanut butter and jelly. Make your PB&J like normal (only I add extra PB!), then grill like a grilled cheese. I rarely make one in the fall or winter, for some reason it was always “summer” food! I also love kabobs – love love love! Especially because as the chef, I get to pick my favorite veggies and can skip the ones I am not a fan of. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Thanks Jenny & Alouette Cheese!

  5. Salad with chicken (that was cooked at some point before it got so hot) and fruit sounds good on a hot evening. And smoothies are good most any time!

  6. Lori

    Summer lite means anything fresh from the garden or farmer’s market. Can’t wait for tomatoes to be ready!

  7. Allison R.

    I like grilled peaches and bruschetta for something light in the summertime!

    Thanks for having all of these great giveaways!

    Allison

  8. Berdine

    I love a good caprese salad in the summer – have to take advantage of tomatoes while they’re in season!

  9. My favorite light food in the summer is grilled shrimp. I make a whole bunch and then use it for salads, in pasta and right off the skewer!

  10. Debbie

    A ripe tomato sliced with a fresh mozzarella, basil, delicious balsalmic vinegar & fine olive oil–YUMMY!

  11. It’s so hard to pick just one favorite light treat, but I think angel food cake topped with fresh strawberries and whipped cream is at the tippy top of that list!

  12. Jenny L

    I love to just sit down with a big bowl of frozen fruit. Walmart sells a bag of mixed frozen fruit with strawberries, peaches, mango, and pineapple. Its a cool snack when its 100+ degrees outside!

  13. emily willingham

    one of my favorite “lite” treats in summer is freshly-made pico de gallo using tomatoes, basil, onions, and jalapenos from my garden. please enter me in the Lighten-up Summer give-away, thanks!

  14. Katie

    I follow you via my Google reader.

    My favorite light summer treat is fresh homemade guacamole with lots of lime and cilantro. yum!

  15. Meredith

    One of my very favorite light treat that I enjoy all the time, but ESPECIALLY in the summer, is grilled pineapple! Usually I do it in my skillet but this would be the perfect thing for me!

  16. I’m sure it’s been said, and said, and SAID but my fav light and cool meal in the summer would be a salad. Especially fresh picked from the garden! I did not get as much lettuce from my garden this year as I would have liked, but the tomatoes are coming on and they are divine! They deserve to be eaten with cucumbers in a salad. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Ashley H

    I am currently obsessed with Edy*s fruit bars, Lime flavored. I could eat them all day! A nice refreshing treat for the summer! ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Bethany Francisco

    A ‘light’ summer treat for me has always been a fresh fruit salad of citrus and berries with a vanilla custard cream topping. It was something my grandmother always made and was always yummy. =D

  19. Debbie Butcher

    WOW, thanks for this opportunity! In the summer my favorite light option is a nice light salad with warm just grilled chicken on top! Or even grilled samon!

  20. Tara D.

    A light treat I love in the summer is vanilla yogurt, a sprinkling of granola, and fresh, juicy strawberries. Mmm mmm, good!

  21. I like fruit and an assortment of dips. I keep both chilling in the fridge and I always have someon hand when the grandkids or guests arrive. I am known as the “fresh fruit lady”!

  22. Pam

    quick grill of flank steak…sliced thin on a crisp salad. Still feels hearty but not so heavy for the horrid heat.

  23. Doni Reece

    This year is the year of the wrap in our house. We pack lunch to take to the pool and I wrap 3 slices of turkey, one slice of 2% Cheddar Cheese, and avocado slices in a whole wheat tortilla….YUM!!

  24. Sage

    Watermelon!! Although considering how much of it I can eat, it might not be considered a light treat anymore! ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Stephanie

    Light being refreshing. ๐Ÿ™‚ Ice cream….the only solution. Homemade would be preferable. (c:

  26. Pamela Rose Budd

    We grill romaine lettuce. Brushed with some olive oil, salt & pepper. And then top it with some blue cheese and reduced balsamic vinegar.

  27. Julie W

    Frozen bananas is by far my favorite light summer treat. Put frozen pieces in a blender, and you have an “ice cream” like banana treat, but with way less calories and sugar! Yum!

  28. BING cherries!!! They just came out in our grocery stores and I cannot wait to get my hands on those sweet juicy things!! YUM

  29. jadd55

    For one of our light meals, we catch our own Coho from Lake Michigan and I cook it on our grill with olive oil, honey and soy sauce! Delicious and fresh!

  30. Rebecca Burgos

    There is nothing like a fruit salad, full of different berries, citrus and other exoctic fruits. Grill a piece of pound cake, fruit compote on top and voila- dessert is served.

  31. Dave

    Our grill blew away during a storm and we haven’t been able to replace it yet. My wife likes salads for summer. My idea of a salad is a wedge of Iceberg lettuce with dressing poured over it, standing at the sink while you eat it.

  32. Heather

    Fruit salad…I make it up and freeze it. Pull it out 30 minutes before I want to serve it and it is ice cold and a great treat that everyone enjoys!

  33. Jennifer

    Fresh lettuce straight from the garden. It’s so sweet and flavorful I can eat it without dressing!

  34. I’m not sure how “light” it is but I love fruit pizza in the summertime. There’s just something so refreshing about it (and delicious, of course).

  35. Amy C.

    My favorite light treat in the summer is frozen grapes! I already love sweet juicy red grapes, but frozen turns them into a real treat! And I tend to eat them slower, too, and really savor them.

  36. Hilary

    My favorite summer treat is fruit salad with fresh mint. The mint just brings it to a whole new level!

  37. My favorite light summertime treat are pineapple slushies that my mom used to make!
    I would love to give this grill to my hubby for his birthday, please pick me!

  38. sweet! I like to make a refreshing busy day salad for dessert in the Summer: 1 sm box jello, 1 large container cottage cheese and one 8 oz cool whip and a can of fruit (usually do crushed pineapple) yum!

  39. lucy g.

    Bud “LIGHT” =) On a serious note pico de gallo fruit cup with lemon n tajin. . .so refreshing

  40. Alise Hagan

    My favorite light summer treat: eating watermelon outside with my kids, with the juice flowing down our arms and chins. ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. Katie R

    I enjoy making my own frozen yogurt using fresh strawberries and low fat yogurt (and my ice cream maker). It’s cool and refreshing!

  42. Brandy

    I love to cut cucumbers and eat them with a sprig of mint or parsley and maybe a dollup of cream cheese!

  43. Amberly Lambertsen

    Frozen grapes or frozen bananas are my favorite treats that are “light” in the summer!

  44. Mary C

    I love fruit in the summer as a light treat. Low in calories, high in nutrition. You can’t beat that.

  45. My favorite light snack during the summer is fat-free greek yogurt with fresh fruit and a drizzle of honey. Just as good as a bowl of ice cream!

  46. Danielle

    My favorite summer treat is grilled corn on the cob. No butter, no salt, it just doesn’t need it. When the local corn comes into season I’ll have just corn on the cob for dinner sometimes. ๐Ÿ™‚

  47. GK

    I love toasted wheat bread spread with a little Alouette cheese and topped with sliced homegrown tomatoes and a bit of basil, sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper! Great light meal or snack!

  48. Athena

    I love to eat banana “ice cream”. Take frozen banana, a dash of milk, add some peanut butter and chocolate chips and blend it in the blender until mixed together…soo good…of course the chocolate chips and peanut butter can be omitted to make it “lighter”.

  49. TrishInFL

    Frozen grapes are the perfect summertime, light snack. Cool and refreshing, while still being healthy, you can’t ask for more than that!

  50. Kate Brady

    Great summer treat – watermelon, avocado, red onion and mango salad. May sound crazy but it is DELICIOUSLY refreshing.

  51. i have got a massive bush of basil growing in my backyard right now and i just can’t use it fast enough. my favirite “light” treat this summer is anything with fresh basil in it….particularly, homegrown tomatoes sliced up with a blall of local fresh mozzarella and a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic. i’m drooling.

  52. Janell

    The obvious choice is fruit – frozen grapes are really good and refreshing. I also like fresh strawberries with a dip made of light sour cream and brown sugar mixed together.

  53. Sonnet

    My favorite summer treat is gr yogurt with fresh cut strawberries. So delicious and decadent but so good for you, too! Thanks Alouette & Picky Palate!

  54. linda

    chocolate water icesโ€ฆi think it’s pretty “light!”
    & thanks for including me in this fab giveaway!

  55. Karen

    I love any kind of salad in the Summer. They’re light, cool and refreshing… and I don’t have to heat up the kitchen cooking. I especially like them topped with grilled chicken or grilled veggies.

  56. Stefanie

    I love to mix up a salad of watermelon, feta and basil with a light balsamic vinaigrette! Perfectly light in the summer!

  57. Jennifer G.

    I would have to say that watermelon is my favorite “light” summer treat. I crave it in the winter months.

  58. I love grilled veggies. I buy seasonal stuff at the farmers market so it’s super fresh and hubby throws it on the grill! My current fave is asparagus. Easy, delicious, and healthy!

  59. Cindy Whitsett

    I love grilled chicken with cheese melted on top. YUM!

    I absolutely love your site. I follow you via RSS, Twitter, and FB. ๐Ÿ™‚

  60. Jacqui

    One of my favorite “light” summer treats is any kind of fruit! Especially peaches, strawberries and watermelon!

  61. Diane

    I love to go out in my garden and pick fresh tomatoe’s off the vine for a snack !
    Plus any fresh melons are very refreshing ๐Ÿ™‚

  62. Mary

    I like all of the fresh fruits and veggies that are available during the summer. I’m sure that the way I prepare some if them isn’t light, but they start out that way!

  63. Whitney

    My light snacks always include lots of fruit! I love the summer and I love all of the fruit that’s in season!

  64. Valerie

    I love to make frozen fruit cups as a light treat in the summer. Just blend sugar-free fruit cocktail with a little soda & OJ concentrate, & add mandarin orange slices or banana, and VOILA! Num!

  65. Carla

    THIS Summer, I have totally bought into the popsicle craze and have enjoyed making those for desserts. Typically, I really enjoy salads, particularly with some sort of grilled element. ๐Ÿ™‚

  66. Ella

    “Frozen Yogurt”…I just stick a regular (light) yogurt in the freezer until it’s almost frozen and scrape away. ๐Ÿ™‚

  67. Maureen

    I like to freeze green grapes and then when it is hot I will have these as a treat. They are cold and there is a sweetness to them and they are not too caloric.

  68. Jessica

    I like to make grilled pineapple with shish kebabs. I also like to make a light fresh berry sorbet to cool off. Yum!

  69. Nichole

    And then lastly, my favorite light summer dish is pretty much anything from the grill: meat and veggies. About 50% of my summer cooking is done on the grill, usually marinated chicken breast for the weeknights because it’s quick and a little more expansive on the weekends with steaks, grilled veggies and potatoes. Thanks for hosting this great giveaway!

  70. Nicole Eriksen

    I love summer fruits, they are a light treat for me!! But when I want something more dessert like, I go for fresh strawberries dipped in light sour cream and sprinkled with brown sugar. Making each one pretty and taking my time to savor them means I can enjoy just a few but feel like it was a big dessert. ๐Ÿ™‚

  71. Kathy

    I love the fruits are available in the summer. I’ll just eat them plain, although with this grill, I could really make some great little fruit desserts!

  72. Kate

    We have been using our new Zoku Pop Maker to whip up some light summer treats! My kids don’t realize they are just eating pureed fruit ๐Ÿ˜‰

  73. Our favorite Lite Summer treat is fresh fruit salad. We love to mix fresh picked strawberries, blueberries and raspberries together – no sugar or anything else needed. We can and do eat this all summer long!!

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    Hugs, Wini

  74. Ashley

    I enjoy frozen yogurt as a “lighter” snack during the summer!. It is refreshing and much “lighter” than some of the other yummy baked options! haha

  75. Julie N

    This giveaway is fabulous! I live in a small Brooklyn apartment and I miss grilling!! My favorite light summer treat has always been watermelon, sometimes with a bit of salt or sometimes with some fruit dip! Thanks!

  76. Stacey W.

    I know it seems simple but my favorite light summer treat is fruit! I can eat whole pint of strawberries in one sitting. So yummy. ๐Ÿ™‚

  77. Amber

    My favorite “light” treat right now is watermelon!

    That might sound boring, but on a hot Summer day there is nothing better than pulling our a nice cold slice of watermelon out of the fridge:)

    Refreshing!!

  78. lisa

    fruite kabobs, sugar free toasted coconut custard from bob jo’s, oh and sugar free popsicles from my freezer!!!

  79. Maureen

    A light treat in the summer is a fresh baby spinach salad with slivered almonds, strawberries, and some poppy seed dressing-delish, cool and refreshing!!!

  80. Peggy

    Love homemade frozen smoothies in the summer! Made with frozen fruit and coconut water (ok, and maybe a tiny scoop of sherbert :)). Also, love grilled chicken kabobs with extra veggies! YUM!

  81. Fruit is my favorite “light” food during the summer. It’s so light and delicious, plus it doesn’t weigh you down.

  82. Ginny

    Josie’s Frozen Yogurt – though I doubt it’s still light when I load it up with toppings ๐Ÿ™‚

  83. Melissa

    Fruit Salad. My kids love to make a variation of them. Keeps them busy during the boring hours of summer.