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Photography by Andrew Livanos 


  • 2 lbs USDA organic flank steak - (I love the Organic Butcher Shop in the Shoprite in Hillsdale)

  • Taco seasoning – homemade blend (see below) 

  • 1 cup of orange juice 

  • 1 lime 

  • 1 Hass avocado 

  • 1 medium red bell pepper

  • 1 medium green bell pepper

  • 1 medium onion

  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 bunch of cilantro 

  • 1 Tbsp feta cheese crumble 

  • 2 Siete Tortillas  *these are gluten free- (I purchase mine from Whole Foods in Ridgewood)

Who else loves Cinco de Mayo as much as I do? Who else doesn’t want to feel awful the morning after and regret every choice (too many chips, too many feel me)? 


Below, find my version of Cinco de Mayo...Cindo de Steak, because I love steak and topping it with ingredients you won't feel bad about.  Best part — I removed all the guilt for you and most of the calories!  


Since I’m a certified trainer with a degree in nutrition and food science, I know all about the importance of eating fully balanced meals. I also know how daunting that can be for so many people, so I’ve cut out ALL the guess work.


Here’s the breakdown before we get into the good stuff!


Protein: USDA certified organic flank steak

Carbohydrates: tortillas (optional) 

Healthy fat: avocado

Fiber, vitamins & minerals: onions, bell peppers, avocado, lime, cilantro




















  • Marinate flank steak in homemade taco seasoning (see below), 1 cup of orange juice, and ½ of a lime’s juice; store in the fridge for 30 minutes.

  • In the meantime while the steak is marinating begin to prepare the onions and bell peppers by slicing into thin equal size strips to help cook evenly.

  • In a pan heat 1 Tbsp of EVOO and add sliced onions and bell peppers.

  • Season with salt and pepper (to taste) and sauté veggies until translucent. 

  • Cook steak (to preferred temperature, I like rare) on the grill and let sit before cutting into strips.

  • Prepare your tortillas as desired— (I like mine slightly toasted on a skillet) and add toppings (avocado, feta cheese crumbles, fresh cilantro, lime, sautéed onions and bell peppers).


Homemade Taco seasoning

When I need seasoning I always make it from scratch to eliminate chemicals and additives that are found in most store bought seasonings. 


1 Tbsp chili powder

½ tsp smoked paprika

1 ½ tsp ground cumin

½ tsp cayenne pepper

¼ tsp oregano

¼ tsp crushed red pepper flake

¼ tsp onion powder

¼ tsp garlic powder

¼ tsp himalayan pink salt

¼ tsp ground black pepper


  • Combine all measured out seasonings to a high-powered food processor and pulse until everything is ground into a fine powder.

  • Pour into an empty seasoning jar or storage container and you’ve got yourself some quality taco seasoning for your favorite recipe.  

Stay Healthy-TJ



Photography by Andrew Livanos

Twenty four year old personal trainer and nutritionist TJ Alvarez is a life long Bergen County resident, and has been training clients ages 13-85 for over four years, including athletes and children and adults with special needs. 

He graduated from Montclair State University with a degree in Nutrition and Food Science and is currently working toward opening a personal training studio of his own.  He has a knack for cooking healthy, training hard, and looking stylish in the process. The BCB is looking forward to many of his contributions in the coming months.

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