1. Introduce different flavour profiles from a young age
I have been asked many times: "How did you train your daughter to be such an adventurous eater?" The truth is, I slowly introduced different flavour profiles to Chiara (aged seven) as soon as she was eating solid food. Mashed vegetables and fruits were never bland: carrots, potatoes, and broccoli were made aromatic with herbs, onions, and garlic. Squash was spiced with cumin or apples with cinnamon. Even now, she doesn't resist healthy dishes, like oatmeal and fresh fruits, or yoghurt with granola.
While she still is a grade-schooler and eats what most children her age would crave (such as macaroni and cheese or Nutella on toast), she doesn't shy away from trying new things. We discovered her adventurous streak when my husband Matthias and I were enjoying some home-cooked chicken tikka masala one evening; Chiara (still in kindergarten at the time) had her own child-friendly dish. She peeked over at our Indian food and asked, "Can I try that?” Of course we let her have some, and now we know she will eat anything we put on the table: from spicy, olive-oil based pasta with sardines to hearty and pungent European-style stews.