Yes! Salsa Is Excellent For Your Health

Salsa is full of nutrition and low in fat

Eat more salsa at Anaya’s Fresh Mexican Restaurant

Article by Shan Gilbreath

Well folks it seems unanimous, salsa is good for you. Since salsa is so good for you I recommend that you jump in your car and head over to Anaya’s right now for some of their tasty salsa.

Do you love salsa?

I know I love salsa, I have since I was a born. I was raised in Arizona and just love the different varieties of salsa that are available. Mango salsa is one of the most exotic of salsas that I have tried, but man was it ever delicious. Red cabbage salsa was introduced to me by a fellow salsa lover back when I was a teenager and is now one of my favorites. Salsa varies by region and by the makers tastes. You may find some tex-mex style salsa in Texas with corn and a heaping amount of cumin, while in Nogales Arizona you might find cactus salsa, or salsa with mucho cilantro. It doesn’t matter where is comes from or who makes it I love salsa, and the biggest reason might just be that I love veggies and peppers mixed together in the heavenly delight, or food of the god’s that we call salsa.

A little salsa history

Did you know that salsa is the Spanish word for “sauce”? If you live in the Southwest you probably already know this. I bet you didn’t know that salsa was invented before Mexico was a nation? The word “salsa” is derived from the Latin word “sal” meaning salty. See’s definition and salsa page here. 

What makes salsa so good?

This has got to be a trick question. I was thinking of some scientific reason why salsa is so good. I even researched to see if there was a scientist who could shed some light on the subject for me. Maybe I didn’t search hard enough, but I couldn’t find an acceptable anwer. Mostly just a lot of opinions as to why, usually with the individual’s taste in mind. There are so many different combinations of salsa with varying taste from person to person. This question is probably one of the universe’s mysteries. So I think I need to do a lot more research, and not on the internet or in libraries, rather in Mexican restaurants and cafe’s all over the globe. I am an expert when it come to making my favorite salsas. And Anaya’s Fresh Mexican restaurant is a great place to come taste the flavor of the southwest. I will update in about 50 years when I discover the true reason why salsa is so good. Until then we should all head over to Anaya’s and try some of the best salsa on the planet.

What makes salsa healthy?

Salsa is a healthy condiment and side dish. Not only Mexican foods are complimented by salsa, but an array of other ethnic foods are welcoming of the Mexican food sensation. Some people are even using salsa to control their diet as explained on’s Salsa gives diet a healthy kick. Read the full story.

Here is a funny fact that makes sense only in a cut corners public school kind of way.

During the Clinton administration salsa was declared a vegetable for purposes of completing the school lunch daily vitamins requirements. ketchup couldn’t pass the bar but salsa sure did, see the full story here.

Did the government make salsa a vegetable for school lunches?

When Reagan was president the U.S.D.A. attempted to set ketchup as an acceptable vegetable to meet the U.S.D.A.’s national school lunch program requirements. Clinton’s U.S.D.A. was able to get salsa set as a standard despite ketchup’s failed attempt to become a vegetable. See USDA calls salsa a vegetable

USDA defends it’s position on salsa meeting the vegetable requirement in school lunches

government trade publications show back in 1998 salsa became the newest vegetable on the menu at local school cafeterias across the nation. See the story.


What is different about Mexican food?

I was asked recently “what is different about Mexican food compared to other foods”.

Recently when I was at a local food distributor I came across an individual from Norway. He was very interested in my food purchase and started up a conversation with me. Being from Norway he has limited exposure to certain ethnic foods from the Western Hemisphere and compared his culinary experience with Mexican food, with a TV dinner he used to eat back in his home country. I laughed a little when I heard this, but assured the man that home cooked or restaurant style Mexican food is a lot better for the pallet than a TV dinner. I offered him my card and invited him to Anaya’s fresh Mexican restaurant for a taste of authentic Mexican food cooked by authentic Mexicans, and served in an authentic Mexican style. He accepted and eventually showed up at Anaya’s Fresh Mexican Restaurant to try some real Mexican food.

A taste of Mexico for the Norwegian

Although I was not at work when the Norwegian gentleman came to taste our food, I did get a surprisingly good report about our Mexican food. He came in and asked for me and upon finding out that I am not usually in the store said nothing more to the staff. He ordered a combo plate with a chicken enchilada, beef taco, and shredded beef burrito. When the server delivered his food he was pleasantly surprised with the size and the portions of the food. He called me afterwards and told me about his experience at Anaya’s Fresh Mexican Restaurant.

“I was very pleased” he said “never have I tasted anything so different from the food of my nationality”. He went on to tell me that Mexican food is great and he can’t believe that he never tried it before. He has since gone back to Norway but promises to visit again when returns next year.

Thank you Oslo Felsing for your interest in our Mexican food restaurant, we hope to see you again soon.

What is Mexican food?

Mexican food definition from Wikipedia

The following is an excerpt from the website on Mexican food.

Mexican cuisine is a style of food which is primarily a fusion of indigenous Mesoamerican cooking with European, especially Spanish, cooking developed after the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire. The basic staples remain the native corn, beans and chili peppers but the Spanish introduced a large number of other foods, the most important of which were meat from domesticated animals (beef, pork, chicken, goat and sheep), dairy products (especially cheese) and various herbs and spices. While the Spanish initially tried to superimpose their diet on the country, this was not possible and eventually the foods and cooking techniques began to be mixed, especially in colonial era convents. Over the centuries, this resulted in various regional cuisines, based on local conditions such as those in the north, Oaxaca,Veracruz and the Yucatan Peninsula. Mexican cuisine is highly tied to the culture, social structure and its popular traditions, the most important example of which is the use of mole for special occasions and holidays. For this reason and others, Mexican cuisine was added by UNESCO to is list of the world’s “intangible cultural heritage“.

 Come visit Anaya’s Fresh Mexican restaurant and try our authentic fresh Mexican food.

The best Mexican food in Glendale Az and Phoenix.

Anaya’s Fresh Mexican Restaurant is located on the border of Phoenix and Glendale just North of Olive/Dunlap on 43rd Ave.

9240 N 43rd Ave
Glendale, AZ 85302

(623) 243-2504


Great Mexican food restaurant near Metrocenter.

Do you work in the Metrocenter area?

Map from Metrocenter to Anaya's Mexican food

Have you been looking for a great Mexican restaurant near Metrocenter that isn’t as crowded?

Then come join us at Anaya’s Fresh Mexican Restaurant for a perfectly seasoned Mexican dish.

Anaya’s is just a couple of minutes away from Metrocenter, and we have fast service so you can enjoy your lunch without having to stand in line.

Avoid the crowds and come to Anaya’s for lunch and enjoy one of our daily specials or try one of  our build it yourself combo meals.

Check out the lunch menus at Anaya’s.

Anaya’s Fresh Mexican Restaurant Short Video of our Mexican food

A quick look at a wonderful Mexican food restaurant located near the Metrocenter area on 43rd avenue just North of Olive/Dunlap.

Come join us for breakfast, lunch or dinner. We know you will love our tasty Mexican food dishes.

Glendale Phoenix

Anaya’s Fresh Mexican Restaurant serves the best Mexican Food lunch menu in the valley.

Come in for lunch and enjoy one of our perfectly seasoned Mexican dishes. We know you will love our South of the border flavor.A sample of our Lunch Menu:

Our signature item! Tender chicken breast or shrimp, specially prepared with fresh mushrooms, onions, green peppers, carrots and zucchini on a bed of rice with melted jack cheese.
Smothered with our special medium spicy sauce garnished with
avocado slices and tomatoes. Served with tortillas.
Pork loin, braised in a green special tomatillo sauce with
green chiles, onions and spices. Served with rice and beans.
Beef, simmered until very tender in a red medium sauce. Served with rice, beans and warm tortillas.
Skirt steak butterfly and flame-broiled to your liking. Served with rice, beans, fresh guacamole and warm tortillas.
A bed of rice, topped with sautéed chicken, broccoli,
mushrooms, mixed vegetables and melted jack cheese.
A perfect tradition! Tender pieces of marinated chicken or beef, grilled with green peppers, onions and spices. Served with beans, rice, tortillas, guacamole and pico de gallo.
Chicken breast strips sautéed in an authentic Jalisco style stew of potatoes, carrots, dry red peppers, onions, tomatoes, and spices, served with rice, beans and warm tortillas.
A long time favorite! Braised chicken breast in a sweet, yet spicy, peanut butter sauce with a hint of chocolate. Served with rice, beans and warm tortillas.
Tender chicken strips cooked in an authentic Mexican sour cream sauce with sautéed onions, green peppers and mush-rooms. Served with rice, beans and warm tortillas.
Crispy flour tortilla filled with seasoned chicken and smothered with cream cheese sauce. Served with rice, beans, sour cream and guacamole.


Combine your favorite items together on a lunch combo plate.

Choose from chicken, beef or shredded beef.


All combo plates include rice and beans.





Anaya’s Fresh Mexican Restaurant has full bar

Anaya’s Fresh Mexican Restaurant has full bar with hundreds of selections to choose from.

Come have a drink with us, our bar is always available while we are open.

Choose from a large selection of beer and mixed drinks.

Here is a list of mixed drinks.

Bloody Mary
007 Martini
Blue Lagoon
Apple Martini
A Midsummer Nights Dream
Long Island Iced Tea
Berry Me in the Sand
360 Degrees
Vodka Sunrise
A Southern Screw
Mind Eraser
White Russian
Sea Breeze
Lime Rickey
Black Russian
Kremlin Colonel
Sex on the Beach
Autumn in New York
Blue Hawaii
Napa Sun
One Night Stand
Black Bison
Pomegranate Martini
Spider’s Kiss
Ice Pick
Tropical Itch

Rum Swizzle
Piña Colada
Mai Tai
Bahama Mama
Strawberry Basil Mojito
A Clockwork Tangerine
Malibu Breeze
Devil’s Poison
A Day at the Beach
Pink Frost
Egg Nog
Nude Beach
Pineapple Mai Tai
Creole Splash
Creepy Crawler Punch
Jamaican Winter
Banana Daiquiri
Spice Night
Long Beach Ice Tea
Watermelon Granita
The Crimson Tide
Tom and Jerry
Boston Sidecar
Cuba Libre
Hairy Virgin
Orange Bomber
Creole Splash
Cool as a Cucumber
Pirate Drink
Geisha Girl

Pink Lady
Mickey Slim
Blue Motorcycle
Tom Collins
Salty Dog
Lime Rickey
Vesper Martini
Newport Cooler
Deep Sea
Watermelon and Cucumber Tonic
White Lady
Hanky Panky
Gin and Tonic
Pink Gin
Fallen Angel
Emerald Forest
Pink Panther
Orange Blossom
Irish Sour
Hawaiian Cocktail
Summer Gin Punch
Royal Arrival
My Fair Lady
Peach Mojito

Red Sangria
Singapore Sling
Newport Cooler
Boston Sidecar
Between the Sheets
Vanderbilt Cocktail
Depth Bomb
Corpse Reviver
Vanity Fair
Summer Slush
Brandy Alexander
City Slicker
Bloody Black Currant
Sex a’ Peel
Cafe Zurich
Four Score
Sparkling Spring Punch
After Dark

Mexican Martini
Apple Bob
Long Beach Ice Tea
Prairie Fire
Navy Seal
Red Hot Mama
Blue Stampede
Citrico Snowflake
The Orange Turf
Tequila Sunset
The One Cheek Sneak
Joker’s Tea
Three Amigos
Gold Rush
The Prickly Margarita
Tequila Sunrise
Four Leaf Cloverita
El Diablo
Tequila Tangerine Dream
Melange A Trois
Blue Voodoo Doll
Arizona Margarita
Tequila Slammer
Tonic and Tequila
Bloody Aztec

Jungle Juice
Choking Hazard
Rusty Nail
Seven and Seven
Bourbon Cobbler
Red Death
Quick Kick
Mr. Big
Canadian Club Old Fashioned
Cork Comfort
The Dublin Apple
Hiram Walker
Good Night Special
Deadly Nightshade
Jimmy Russel’s Mint Julep
Vancouver Cocktail
The Steeler
Spirited Punch
Smoky Martini
Basil Hayden Wish
Merry Irishman
Blood and Sand
Cherries Jubilee
Heart of Fire
Royal Widow
John Collins

Champagne Cocktail
White Wine Sangria
Quaker City Cooler
Nelson’s Blood
Sparkling Spring Punch
Blood Red Sangria
Kentucky Champagne
Sour Witch
Golden Glamour
The Bubbly Apricot
French 75
Chicago Cocktail
Wine Cooler
Savoy Affair
Prince of Wales
Ruby Dutchess
Half and Half
Spiced Tea Holiday Punch
Chocolate Velvet
Artillery Punch
Blue Wave
Dancing Dutchman
Buckk’s Fizz
Champagne Flamingo
Elderflower Cocktail
Dutch Tulip
Pomegranate Pineapple Fireworks
Kir Royale
Rouge Noir
Strawberry Flapper
Raspberry Bellini
Waterloo Sunset
Spanish Sangria

Absolut Wonder
Strawberry Ginger Martini
Alabama Slammer
Mind Eraser
Cadillac Margarita
Blood Orange Freeze
Naughty Holiday Punches
Chocolate Mint
Orange Crush
Night and Day
Leprechaun Martini
Monkey Fizz
Butterscotch Martini
Dirty Mother
Irish Car Bomb
White Russian
Lemon Drop
Golden Dream
Electric Martini
Blue Eyes
Spanish Crown
Melon Ball
Nuclear Martini
Silverlake Slip
Italian Sunset
Cranberry Citrus Swizzle
Poinsettia Cocktail
Punch in the Stomach

And so many more, too many to name.

Anaya’s Fresh Mexican Restaurant Serves Seafood.

Anaya’s Fresh Mexican Restaurant serves the freshest seafood in Glendale AZ.

People are talking about our seafood. How can you blame them, it really is top quality, fresh and delicious.

Come out and join us for some fresh seafood. We know you will love it.

Choose from Mexican Seafood dishes.

Anaya’s serves the best seafood dishes, this is one of our favorites.

Camarones Anaya’s

Prawns wrapped in bacon and baked in our special butter recipe sauce. Served over a bed of onions and bell peppers. Topped with Monterrey jack cheese. Served with sour creme, guacamole, pico de gallo, rice, beans, and tortillas.

We prepare all seafood fresh daily.

 I love bacon wrapped prawns at Anaya’s ~ Steven R.

Anaya’s Seafood is always great! ~ Don M.


Call for take out, or come in and join us for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

9240 N 43rd Ave
Glendale, AZ 85302

(623) 243-2504

Hello friends and family,

We would like to remind everyone that we will be open on Thanksgiving day from 8am until 4pm.



We know Thanksgiving day is one of the busiest days for families. It’s a day to visit relatives and get together for some great food. Anaya’s will be open for Thanksgiving to help those with their busy day. Come in for breakfast, lunch or Thanksgiving dinner.


Plan your Thanksgiving dinner with Anaya’s Fresh Mexican Food restaurant.


If you would like to have your Thanksgiving dinner with us, we welcome you. Please call ahead if your party will have more than 15 people.

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