What athletes eat: Danica Patrick's sweet potato bison hash recipe

The only woman to win an IndyCar race hasn't had the results in NASCAR she'd hoped for (she placed 17th at the Goody's 500 at Martinsville Speedway this past weekend)-- but Danica Patrick doesn't mince words when she talks about her goal on the track: She doesn't want to be a participant. She wants to win.

While talking about her current campaign with Life Happens, Patrick shared one of her favorite training meals:

Day and time: A Tuesday around 8 a.m.

Place: At home in Mooresville, North Carolina, with the "Today" show on in the background and my dogs Dallas and Ella staring at me because they want anything that I have.

What I'm eating: Bison hash

Why I'm eating it: Because I eat it almost every morning -- at least 60 to 70 percent of the time.

Whose recipe: Mine! I certainly didn't create hash, but it is pretty unique, compared to what most people eat for breakfast. Especially since it has bison -- that's not the most common protein to eat.

The recipe:

1/3 of a sweet potato (cubed)
1/3 cup chopped bell pepper
1/3 cup diced onion
Coconut or avocado oil
1/4 pound ground bison
Sea salt
1/4 of an apple -- diced
1/3 of an avocado

Sauté 1/3 of a sweet potato, cubed small; 1/3 cup chopped bell pepper and 1/3 cup diced onion in a pan with 2 teaspoons coconut oil or avocado oil until slightly brown.

In a separate pan, sauté 1/4 pound of ground bison, sea salt and pepper to taste

Add two handfuls of spinach to wilt in the pan with the bison. Add 1/4 of a diced apple at the end so it stays crunchy.

Combine bison, spinach, apple and veggies and add 1/3 of an avocado topped with sea salt and pepper.